May 25, 2022
DOWNTON ABBEY - A NEW ERA
4:00 & 7:00 Nightly
4:00 only Tuesday
1:00 Matinee Sunday
Dir: Simon Curtis Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter, Laura Carmichael, Phyllis Logan, Allen Leech, Maggie Smith, Hugh Dancy, Laura Haddock, Dominic West 124mins DCP
They're back and ready to go on a big adventure.
The Crawley crew takes off for Lady Grantham's newly inherited villa in the South of France. The servants, silverware, and silks are packed up for a the journey, to discover the mystery of the dowager countess's newly inherited digs. As an extra incentive to get out of Downton, the house has been taken over by a Hollywood director to shoot a movie. How ghastly.
We know you don't really need anymore encouragement, so we will just add, be sure to see it here, at the Capri Theatre.
The New York Times reached out on Wednesday to all 50 Republicans in the Senate to see whether they would support a pair of House-passed measures to strengthen background checks for gun buyers. Within hours of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Senate Democrats moved quickly to clear the way for possible votes on the two bills.
Katie Britt, the leading vote-getter in Tuesday night’s Republican primary to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., suggested that religion was the solution.
“As a nation we must turn to God and turn away from evil. It’s time for a revival to sweep our nation,” she said Tuesday night. “The violence against our precious children must stop. I pray that the promise of everlasting life through Jesus Christ will bring comfort to the victims’ families at this unimaginable time.”
Saying more prayer is a solution is like saying more guns are the answer.
We have plenty of both.
May 24, 2022
From The Washington Post story
"Former president Donald Trump is headlining a forum at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Houston this Friday, three days after a school shooting in Uvalde, Tex., killed 14 elementary school students and a teacher.
The forum is also scheduled to include Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem, Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, and North Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, all Republicans. The next night, “American Pie” singer Don McLean is scheduled to perform."
May 23, 2022
Some of the Network news broadcasts I've been watching are airing "teases" that are as long as entire stories!
One of the nets spends 3:30 at the front of their nightly program telling viewers about the stories they are about to see in the newscast, using much the same video.
Then, of course, the anchor comes on with an additional "intro" to the story.
GET TO IT!
When you subtract commercials, the entire newscasts are sometimes less than 15-minutes long...minus the 3:30 they've used up front.
May we please see more news and less promo? Thank you.
(This decision came in February 2022, months before Sunday's explosive report on Baptists sex abuse and cover-up.)
Ed Litton, the pastor of Redemption Church in Alabama, had already announced he would not run for a second perm as Baptist President.
“People’s lives have been damaged, hurt and ruined,” he said during the Feb. 22 meeting. “We all need to remain sober, yet determined, about this.”
Litton concluded his video message Tuesday by urging members of the SBC to focus on the important tasks that lie ahead, including being prepared to act in June on the report that will be delivered by the sexual abuse task force.
“We must keep working to eradicate the stains of sexual abuse and racism from the convention,” he said.
From a story in The Kingsport Tennessee Times News.
This photo is NOT from Alabama....but it shows the fate of a house cat in Southern California.
And Coyotes are common in Alabama.
A coyote carries a domestic cat it has caught to a highway underpass in Southern California. (Kevin Crooks)
HERE is an article about hunting coyotes in Alabama.
That's the conclusion of a study by The Trust for Public Land. They found 25.8% of Montgomery residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
That means there are151,073 residents who do NOT live close enough to a park.
Montgomery Has 56 Parks. HERE is the Trust's map that shows the existing parks, and the areas where more parks are needed.
May 22, 2022
"... a major Southern Baptist leader sexually assaulted a woman just one month after he completed his two-year tenure as president of the convention. The report finds that Johnny Hunt, a beloved Georgia-based Southern Baptist pastor who has been a senior vice president at the SBC’s missions arm, was credibly accused of assaulting a woman during a Panama City Beach vacation in 2010.
The report states that Hunt, in an interview with investigators, denied any physical contact with the woman but acknowledged that he had interactions with her...."
"....abuse survivors’ calls and emails were “...met, time and time again, with resistance, stonewalling, and even outright hostility” by leaders who were concerned more with protecting the institution from liability than from protecting Southern Baptists from further abuse."
"The issue of sex abuse was a prominent theme in leaked private letters written by Russell Moore, who left his position in 2021 as head of the SBC’s policy arm, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Moore said that he expects Southern Baptists to receive Sunday’s report in a similar way to how Nikita Khrushchev shocked the Soviet Union when he detailed Joseph Stalin’s crimes in a speech in 1956."
“The depths of wickedness and inhumanity in this report are breathtaking,” Moore said. “People will say, ‘This is not all Southern Baptists, look at all the good we do.’ The report demonstrates a pattern of stonewalling, coverup, intimidation and retaliation.”
Washington Post story.
The report — the first investigation of its kind in a massive denomination like the SBC — is expected to send shock waves into a conservative Christian community that has had explosive internal battles over how to handle sex abuse. Insiders say the investigation will reveal upsetting details of specific abuse cases but also shine a light on how the cases were handled by national leaders. (From a Washington Post story).
The (Mississippi) Senate voted 25 to 9 on Feb. 20, 1922, to ask the federal government to trade some of the World War I debts owed by European countries for a piece of colonial Africa — any part would do — where the government would then ship Mississippi’s Black residents, creating “a final home for the American negro.”
(Full Washington Post story is HERE.)
*Thank God For Mississippi. They always seem to act in a way that spares Alabama from even more embarrassment.
|1922 Dedication, 100 Years Ago on May 30th.|
“The Lincoln Memorial is closed this (Saturday) morning following a local university graduation celebration that left litter, broken bottles and spilled wine and champagne covering the steps,” the Park Service said in a tweet shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday. “We will reopen as soon as the area has been cleaned and made safe.”
(Thanks to Georgetown University Grads for NOT showing their respect.)
May 21, 2022
"The presence of the Confederate battle flag on the coat of arms has generated debate. Some view it as a symbol of racism and oppression, while others see it as a meaningful part of Alabama's history. Regardless, the historical accuracy of using a battle flag as opposed to the standard Confederate flag, along with the presence of the Union Jack, which Steve Murray, the director of the Alabama Department of Archives and History, claims never flew over the state, is also disputable."
(Source Wikipedia HERE)
I've had guests at the Capitol ask why the confederate battle flag is included in the state coat of arms, since the confederacy never had a legal claim to the state. Some 620,000 died on both sides of The U.S. Civil War to settle that question.